- File Size: 186 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Clean Reads (November 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006DTOCRO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jake needs to start over. Using his sister's Summer Vacation home for the winter he is using this time to build up his ice scupting business from the ground up. His old wound from Iraq is not as serious as the wounds in his heart from betrayal and self-imposed guilt. Jake needs someone to ignite the fire in his heart and burn away all the hurt.
Add a dog who needs a boy's touch, a huge snowstorm, some hot meals from a friendly neighbor and you have yourself a great Christmas story that warms you up like hot chocolate. "The Christmas Phoenix" is a delightful story that is relatable and believable. Ms. Kyiono does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and adding some great allegorical elements to her story. I highly recommend this book!
Published By: Astraea Press
Age Recommend: 16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
"The Christmas Phoenix" by Patricia Kiyono was a really good Christmas story in one finding new beginning. This was a real quick short story but really well written novel. Jess's life was one of being a single parent after the death of her husband with a fourteen year old son. Did she have her chores....working two jobs, putting food on the table but most of all being there for her son. It was not a good time for Jess and something good happens and that is Jake Thompson, a ice sculpturer... moves in the neighborhood. He was definitely in the need of healing..recovering from a disastrous relationship and war in Iraq. Jake was now living in his sister's vacation summer home during the winter. Upon there meeting and getting to know each other .... will (Jess and Jake) come together in "The Christmas Phoenix" and be able to start a new life together? Truly, Jess needed someone to help start a new life with and Jake needed someone to "ignite the fire in his heart and burn away all the hurt."
The characters were really fulled with a lot of strength...Jess working very heard providing for her son and Jake trying to stand alone but soon..."he changes when he see how hard it is for Jess and I don't want to leave out the dog who just needed extra love from the boy. Now, this is where I say you must pick up this good read to see just what "The Christmas
Phoenix" is all about..... Definitely this was a second chance for Jess and Jake. Get ready for a genuine good read.
Be ready for a very a loving novel with interesting details that I would recommend as a good short read. I also found the book cover is really beautiful piece of art to look at too.
Jess, a widow, struggles to raise her son by working two jobs, including the lawn and snow plowing business her late husband started. The new neighbor is a distraction she doesn't need.
I like the strength of Ms. Kiyono's characters. Jess works hard to provide for her son, but draws the line at compromising her principals. She's protective but realizes she has to allow him to grow. In the beginning! Jake is stubbornly a stand alone kind of guy, but he changes when he sees how hard it is for her. He and Jess tentatively help each other and find healing in the process.
If you're looking for hot and steamy love scenes, go elsewhere, but if you want a love story that's warm and genuine, buy this book!
The characters: Jess, an overworked widowed mother of a teenage boy, Rory (who wants to help her sout but isn't quite sure how to go about it) and Jake, a veteren wounded in Iraq, who has moved to Michigan to start a new life after being put out of business by a con-woman in St. Louis. Jake hates to ask for help. Jess tends to overextend herself with help.
I loved the recurring symbolism of the phoenix, representing a second chance at life for all of them.
Great way to spend an evening.